MSNBC Rejects Ad Critical Of Frequent Guest Tony Perkins, A.K.A. Family Research Council’s Head Nutbag

It appears MSNBC can dish it out but it can’t take it: On Tuesday the cable news network turned down an ad that criticized Family Research Council and its president, Tony Perkins, a frequent guest on the channel.

According to its website, Faithful America—the group that submitted the commercial—is an online community inspired to “counter hate speech and misinformation in the media pertaining to people of faith.”

In a statement, a FA spokesman said:

Amid a growing outcry from Christian leaders to take Family Research Council President Tony Perkins off the air, MSNBC yesterday rejected an ad exposing his and [Family Research Council’s] extensive record of hate speech against gay and lesbian Americans. Perkins has appeared on MSNBC 23 times since his organization was designated a hate group, most recently last week on Hardball with Chris Matthews.

In the commercial, Perkins is seen comparing homosexuality to pedophilia and calling gay people “vile.”

According to the Florida Independent, FA claims it collected 20,000 signatures to get Perkins booted and delivered them to MSNBC’s Manhattan offices. But both the request and the ad were rejected. The group’s director, Michael Sherrard, explained that, “a representative from MSNBC wrote, ‘Thank you for providing the ad and substantiation… Our policy states that we have sole discretion to accept or reject an ad based on its appropriateness. In this instance we are rejecting the ad.’”

Sherrard told the Independent that his group is “deeply concerned that MSNBC uses Perkins as an appropriate spokesperson for the faith community.”

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  • Queer Supremacist

    MSNBC = Fox News for Lefties

    This is why I don’t get cable.

  • the crustybastard

    “Our policy states that we have sole discretion to accept or reject an ad based on its appropriateness.” -MSNBC

    So hate speech is appropriate, but CHALLENGING hate speech is not?


    By the way, MSNBC — when you get censored because some government official deems your content “inappropriate,” I promise I will not give a shit.

  • Hyhybt

    @Queer Supremacist: Why, then, would they keep having this guy on?

  • WillBFair

    This was a great move by Faithful America, but it’s really a job for our leadership. And they have so fallen down on it for decades. The msm have skapegoated us for decades, to distract attention from political and financial corruption. They’re ramping up the tactic these days because there’s a lot more corruption that needs concealing. And our leadership sit on their hands, probably because they’re corporate funded.

  • cwm

    Yeah, you’d think Tony Perkins would be much more at ease amongst the crowd on Fox News Channel itself.

  • Andy

    Why does MSNBC allow this guy on? I bet if they’re talking about Jewish issues, you wouldn’t have a guy on hawking conversion for the Jews.

  • Troy

    This is a hot mess, they can propogandize him but not his numerous slanderous attacks on LGBT folk? Seriously?

  • Abel

    Awww, quit picking on Miss Tonette. A girl’s gotta make a living, you know. And she works so hard drumming up hatred and money and telling the most creative lies. You gotta hand it to the miserable cunt. Miss Tonette Perkins just keeps rolling along.

  • Sohobod

    What people don’t understand is that TV is business. This guy makes good TV. TV doesn’t care about the nuances of debate or whether an a position is being argued honestly. It’s TV. It’s business.

  • Cam


    Yes, and for years gays were just happy that somebody came to a fundraiser and told us they were our friends. We would then ignore anything they did outside that.

    However that has changed, the OBama administration learned that you could no longer just say nice words to gays and do nothing and they were put in the position of being forced to deal with a DADT repeal when they didn’t want it.

    MSNBC thinks this guy is good business, fine, let them see if the viewers think so. I don’t see anybody saying that “Well David Duke is good TV, so in psite of his views on race we will have him on!”.

  • Joetx

    @Hyhybt: Exactly!

    Of course, Queer Supremacist doesn’t have a response.

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